New Jersey Independent South Asian Cinefest brings movies from around the globe to Edison
Sakti Sengupta, founder and director of the New Jersey Independent South Asian Cinefest, says films such as “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Slumdog Millionaire” have changed the attitude of the general public toward South Asian cinema.
“I was looking for some money for my feature film,” he says. “I couldn’t raise enough. . . . It was really disappointing, and I was depressed.
“I decided that, why not promote these filmmakers who have the resources, who are coming up with interesting work but who don’t get commercial distribution that easily?”
To top everything off, admission is free this year on a first-come, first-served basis. The festival received a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and received sponsorships from various local organizations and companies to finance the free shows.